Long-term sick leave climbed by almost 8 percent in 2015. The rise is most outspoken in the category relating to physical woes like back pain and muscle pain, but also in the category of mental problems, mainly depression and burn-out.
Elke Vanhoof, a clinic psychologist working at the Free Brussels University (VUB), says that "at an individual level, we don't allow enough recovery time. We come home from work and continue on our tablet or smartphone, but this has an impact on our brain and productivity."
Employees are also partly responsible: "We are not well prepared to our new way of working. Work pressure is rising." Making mistakes at work is less accepted in society.